Tiger Head Coach Bryan Blitz earned the highest ranking of his career this week, after Mizzou started the Big 12 season 2-0
Oct. 1, 2007
Columbia, Mo. - After starting conference play with two victories, the University of Missouri women's soccer team (8-2-0, 2-0-0 Big 12) moved up to sixth in the Soccer America Women's Top 25 poll, released Monday (Oct. 1). The Tigers have beaten three top-20 teams so far this season, including an exciting, 3-2, double overtime win against then-No. 4 Texas A&M last Friday (Sept. 28) in Columbia.
Mizzou moved up to 12th from 16th last week in the SoccerTimes.Com Top 30 poll. The team moved from 20th to 14th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Top 25 Rankings. In the Soccer Buzz National Top 30 poll, the Tigers are 15th, up from 21st. Last week, the Tigers, who have only lost twice in 2007, were as high as 16th in the SoccerTimes.com poll. Mizzou was 19th in the Soccer America poll.
In the regional polls, Mizzou jumped from fifth to third in the NSCAA/adidas Central Region Rankings. They stayed at No. 4 in the SoccerBuzz Central Rankings.
No. 1 Stanford and then-No. 3 Santa Clara are the only teams to beat the Tigers this season. Both games were part of the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. The Cardinal scored in the 88th minute to take a 3-2 victory on Sept. 14, and Santa Clara came back from a 1-0 defecit to beat Mizzou, 2-1, Sept. 16.
Mizzou has beaten then-No. 20 Illinois and then-No. 19 California, as well as the previously mentioned Aggies, who were as high as third in the NSCAA/adidas poll when the Tigers beat them.
Mizzou joins Texas, A&M and Oklahoma State in the Soccer America Poll. Texas moved from sixth to second, nationally, after beating Wright State, 2-1, Friday (Sept. 28) and Texas Tech, Mizzou's next opponent, 1-0, Sunday (Sept. 30). Texas A&M rebounded from its loss in Columbia to defeat Kansas, 5-1, but still dropped from fifth to 16th in the Soccer America poll. Oklahoma State, the only other Big 12 team in the Soccer America poll, dropped from 13th to 23rd after losing to Iowa State, 3-0, Friday (Sept. 28), and defeating Nebraska, 1-0, Sunday (Sept. 30).
Mizzou is tied for the lead in the Big 12 with Iowa State after the first weekend. Both the Tigers, who were picked to finish eighth, and the Cyclones, who were chosen to finish last, have six points after the first weekend. It should be noted that Colorado and Texas have only played two games. Colorado is 0-1 and the Longhorns are 1-0.
After getting off to a 6-0 start last season, the Tigers earned their first and only top-10 ranking in program history, coming in at No. 10 in the Soccer America poll.
The sixth-ranked Tigers will travel to Lubbock, Texas for Friday's game against the (3-4-1, 1-1-0 Big 12) Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m. Mizzou will not play on Sunday for the only time this season.
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